German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen rejects the accusations of US President Donald Trump to Berlin that it owes "huge amounts" to NATO. This is reported by Deutsche Welle.
"There is no debt within the framework of NATO." It is erroneous, to link exclusively to NATO defense spending at the level of 2% of GDP, which we want to achieve by the middle of the next decade, "the head of the German Defense Ministry said.
Ursula von der Leyen also stated that within the framework of NATO, in addition to the level of defense spending as a percentage of the country's GDP, the so-called "activity index" should also be taken into account, which, in particular, would note the participation of the armed forces of states in joint NATO actions.
The government of Germany has repeatedly stressed that it will fulfill its obligations to NATO and by 2024 will increase defense spending to 2% of GDP annually, as agreed at the NATO summit in 2014 in Wales.